A gunman, who at one point was armed with a baby in one arm and gun in the other, was in critical condition Monday since being shot by deputies for allegedly shooting another man in the face.
The incident began about 10 p.m. Sunday when the gunman entered his ex-girlfriend’s house in the 2400 block of East 126th Street in Willowbrook and shot her current boyfriend in the face, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
The shooter fled the scene. After a short police pursuit, the man returned to the house, but this time with his 1-1/2- year-old son in his arms and a revolver in his other hand, police said.
The gunman’s ex-girlfriend brother, Manuel Magana, was in the home and pleaded with the gunman to put down the baby.
“I was just telling him, if he was deciding on not going to jail and he was going to go down fighting, just think about the kids, let him live,” Magana said, pointing to a dozen bullet holes in his home.
The ex-girlfriend in the home is not the mother of the baby, but she does share other children - who were inside the home during the shooting - with the alleged gunman.
“After he heard his other son, he softened up and let his kid go,” Magana said. “That’s when I opened the door and pulled (the baby) in before he could walk inside.”
Eventually, the man put down the baby, then pointed his gun at deputies, sheriff’s officials said. The deputies then shot the man.
“Deputies were concerned about the safety of the boy, so they used great restraint by not firing at the suspect,” LA Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Grubb said.
The gunman was in critical condition Monday since being shot by deputies, officials said. The man who was shot in the face was recovering in the hospital.
“I’m glad they didn’t shoot while they had the baby in his hands and they waited for the kid to be safe,” Magana said. “It could have been worse”